Parish Mission Statement
St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish is a Catholic community,
called to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and we
welcome all to join us. We fulfill this Call by our
worship of God, our witness to one another and to the
world, and by our service to all those in need. Our goal
is to affirm the individual gifts in people of all ages
so that they may continue to grow in their faith and be
ministers of the Gospel...One with God and one another.
Reflections on Lent and Holy Week
Christ Living Among Us
I would like to express my appreciation and thanks for your wonderful participation during Lent by attending Mass, the Stations of the Cross, general prayerful disposition and many other ways in which you walked the Way of the Cross this Lent, truly living the motto “Will you turn away from sin and believe in the good news?”
I am very much impressed by the individual participation in decorations and preparation for the Holy Triduum. I thank you for your disposition and for your presence as well as your gifts of talent and time. I have been deeply touched by the way in which everyone’s dignity and professionalism was expressed, you graced our Masses as did the beautiful flowers.
Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for the profound sense of respect at the Seven Last Words of Christ, and to the Youth Group for their representation of the Stations of the Cross; what a great group of young people we have at St. Maximilian Kolbe. The Fish Fry and the Latino food sales were a great opportunity to meet and get to know many parishioners.
The Easter vigil was grace filled by all those that attended and participated in welcoming those receiving full communion in the Church. Special thanks to our music ministry members and volunteers for the beautiful music they presented us with, as well as the long hours of preparation.
I would like to extend to you a Blessing this Easter Season and if you are leaving for the summer months, take it with you and may you come back to us safely.
Saturday Vigil English 4:00pm
Saturday Vigil Spanish 6:00pm
Sunday English 7:00am
Sunday English 9:00am
Sunday English 11:00am
Wednesday from 8:30am ending with
Benediction at 4:00pm
Benediction: First Friday of the month after 8:00am Mass
Sacrament of Baptism: Contact the Parish Office. Baptisms are scheduled
once a month.
Sacrament of Marriage: Contact
the parish office six months in advance of
Anointing of the Sick: Will be given by request after Mass for whoever is
for surgery or having tests.
2014 MASS BOOK
The Mass Book for 2014 will be available to reserve your Mass intentions on Tuesday, April 9th and Wednesday April 10th 2013 at 9:00am until Noon in the Mother Cabrini Room.
We ask that you limit yourself to six (6) Mass intentions at this time in order to give all parishioners an opportunity to schedule Masses for 2014. After April 10th additional Masses may be scheduled.
Support meetings facilitated by Ed and Ester Kaciur
are held on Tuesday, at
2:00 p.m. for 1-1/2 hours in Room 106.
You are welcome to attend if you have
experienced the loss of a loved
one in the past year.
This is a
seven-week series of meetings during which members
of the Group help one
another by sharing their common experiences and
discussing the grief process.”
PRAYER FOR POPE FRANCIS
O God, shepherd and ruler of all the faithful, look favorably on your servant Francis, whom you have set at the head of your Church as her shepherd;
Grant, we pray, that by word and example
he may be of service to those over whom he presides so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care, he may come to everlasting life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the
unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Copyright © 2013, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. Cover image CNS/Paul Haring. All rights reserved. Excerpt from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.
Through our ongoing annual Catholic Faith
Appeal campaign for 2013, we pray that you will
continue to support our parish in fulfilling this
major Diocesan obligation. Please prayerfully
consider your generous donation, keeping in mind
that you will not only be helping all the essential
Diocesan programs funded by the CFA, but also will
be helping St. Max. Pledge cards can be dropped by
the Parish Office at any time.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING
As part of the Safe Environment Program, the Diocese of Venice requires that all employees and those volunteers who work with children and/or vulnerable adults be fingerprinted and trained in Safe Environment. For further information, visit the Diocesan website at www.dioceseofvenice.org. Report all abuses against minors to the Florida Department of Children and Families at 800-962-2873. To report abuse by Diocesan personnel or volunteers, call the Diocesan Victims Assistance Coordinator, Barbara DiCocco at 941-416-6114.
Diocese of Venice Prayer for the Year of Faith
O my God, I firmly believe that You are one God in three divine persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe that Your divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths the holy Catholic Church teaches because You have revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. In this faith I intend to live and die.
We turn to you in humble supplication for ourselves and our Parish and Diocese in which we work, live, and pray, that this Year of Faith may be a true source of renewal for each of us. May we be strengthened to live our faith in the midst of the world with joy and love. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING
Safe Environment Training - As part of the Safe Environment Program, the Diocese of Venice requires that all employees and those volunteers who work with children and/or vulnerable adults be fingerprinted and trained in Safe Environment. For further information, visit the Diocesan website at www.dioceseofvenice.org. Report all abuses against minors to the Florida Department of Children and Families at 800-962-2873. To report abuse by Diocesan personnel or volunteers, call the Diocesan Victims Assistance Coordinator, Barbara DiCocco at 941-416-6114.
St. Max is offering parishioners the opportunity to take advantage of secure and convenient on-line giving for their offerings. “ACH Direct Payment” is easy and takes only a few minutes to sign up. A one-page form with your information, signature, and a voided check is all you need to get started. You specify the amount you desire to have withdrawn from your checking or savings account on a monthly basis. Your offering will be automatically deducted from your account and transferred into the St. Max account. You may stop on-line giving at anytime as long as we have your written authorization to do so. Stop by the Parish Office to pick up a form. For more information call the Parish OfficeSERVANTS OF THE SPIRIT PRAYER GROUP
Join our prayer group every Wednesday in the Parish Center at 6:30pm. All are welcome to an evening of praise, music and prayer.
PROJECT RACHEL'S SPANISH
Project Rachel Ministry is dedicated to helping women heal spiritually after having an abortion. God's mercy is without limit and his forgiveness is great. If you or someone you know calls Project Rachel at the following number 941-681-6837, you will be assisted in Spanish and you will be given the name and number of a Roman Catholic Priest in your area who is trained for spiritual direction and will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to you. Your call is always confidential. Be healed by Jesus Christ who offers hope through the resurrection. Be healed by forgiveness.
EL PROYECTO RAQUEL
El Proyecto Raquel es un Ministerio que se
dedica a ayudar a las mujeres a sanar espiritualmente
despues de un aborto. La misericordia de Dios no tiene
límites y su perdón es grande. Si usted o
alguien que conoce llama al Proyecto Raquel al
número 941-681-6837, será atendido/a en
Español y se le dará el nombre y
número de un sacerdote católico en su area
que está capacitado para la dirección
espiritual y le ofrecerá el Sacramento de la
Reconciliación. Su llamada es siempre
confidencial. Se sanado/a por Jesucristo, que ofrece
esperanza a traves de la resurrección.
Cúrate por el perdón.
Eucharistic adoration is the act of worshiping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist. Since the Last Supper, when Jesus broke the bread and distributed the wine, saying, “This is my Body” and “This is my Blood,” Catholics have believed that the bread and wine are no longer merely baked wheat and fermented grape juice, but the actual living presence of the Second Person of the Trinity. Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer and devotion, is exactly the same as spending time before the living God. Adoration occurs whenever someone kneels in front of a tabernacle that contains the Blessed Sacrament. Genuflects toward a tabernacle, bows before receiving the Blessed Sacrament at Mass, or, in a more focused way, when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration
Excerpt from Eucharistic
Our Sunday Visitor,
Inc., 1-800-348-2440, www.osv.com. Used by permission
POWER FOR SANCTIFICATION
Baptism in the Spirit is a discovery of the Holy Spirit’s power to lead us to deeper conversion and holiness of life. This is often manifested in a newfound authority to resist sinful tendencies, a freedom from addictions or deep-rooted patterns of sin, and the healing of relationships, especially in marriage and the family.
The cross and resurrection of Christ come to be known as not only an event of the past but a present source of grace enabling us to die to sin and live for God. There is a newly awakened attentiveness to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, which leads to a deeper obedience to the Lord. Growth in holiness becomes less a matter of self-striving and more a yielding to the Holy Spirit. Where people respond to this grace in a consistent way, there is a lived experience of the Christian life as described in the New Testament, an ordered life of mutual love under the influence of the Holy Spirit (se Rom 12:1-21; Eph 4:1-3; Col 3:12-17), showing forth the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23).
Baptism in the
Holy Spirit. International
Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services Doctrinal
Come! Come! Come to St. Max! On March 3, 2012, St. Maximilian Kolbe introduced the Family Mass at the 9:00am Mass. The Welcomer, Lectors, Hospitality, Altar Servers and Choir will involve the youth of our parish from all families here at St. Max. The first Sunday of each month at the 9:00 am Mass will be designated the Family Mass, where children and their families will be involved in the Mass. If your child is interested, please contact Cindy K. at 743-6877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.THE PASTORAL MASS
We hope you join us where the Holy Spirit is alive and on fire within our hearts and souls! The Pastoral Mass is celebrated the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to the Holy Eucharist. This Mass is in English and Spanish.A PRAYER FOR PRIESTS SERVING IN THE DIOCESE
Jesus, Eternal High Priest,
live in the priests serving in the Diocese of Venice,
act in them, speak in and through them.
your thoughts in their minds, love through their
Give them your own disposition and feelings.
Teach, lead and guide them always. Correct,
enlighten and expand their thoughts and behavior.
Possess their souls, take over their lives.
Replace them with yourself.
Incline them to constant adoration and thanksgiving; pray in and through them.
Let them live in you and keep them in this intimate union always.
Mary, Immaculate Conception,
Mother of Jesus and Mother of priests,
pray and intercede for them.
Remember, the gift
shop is a great way to share our stewardship of treasure,
because each donation goes to the parish Catholic Faith
Appeal assessment. Stop in after Mass on the weekend
or during the week through the parish office. Mass
cards/Mass Intentions are available in the Gift
The gift shop is celebrating one year!
God, our Father, I turn to you seeking your divine help and guidance as I look for suitable employment. I need your wisdom to guide my footsteps along the right path, and to lead me to find the proper things to say and do in this quest. I wish to use the gifts and talents you have given me, but I need the opportunity to do so with gainful employment. Do not abandon me, dear Father, in this search, but rather grant me this favor I seek so that I may return to you with praise and thanksgiving for your gracious assistance. Grant this through Christ, our Lord. AmenBEREAVEMENT(Grief Support)
This ministry provides support to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Volunteers are needed to assist the coordinators with the planned grief sessions for seven weeks twice a year. For more information or to apply, call the parish office (743-6877).MASS INTENTION
If you would like to reserve a Mass Intention, you may do so in the gift shop on weekends and in the parish office during office hours.SANCTUARY CANDLE
If you would like to reserve one of the two
Sanctuary Candles in memory of someone, please
come to the parish office or you may do so in the gift
shop on weekends.
Parishioners consider volunteering
How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me? Psalm 116
The parish is blessed to have many volunteers supporting
its many ministries and/or organizations with their time,
talent, and treasure. We encourage our parishioners to
consider volunteering with the parish because there is
always a need for more assistance. However, in order to
become a volunteer with the parish, there are diocesan
requirements that must be fulfilled. All volunteers must
complete required paperwork, attend one Safe Environment
workshop and receive proper training. Volunteers applying
for a position with children and vulnerable adults such as
Faith Formation, Homebound Eucharistic Minister, and
Children's Choir, etc. must be fingerprinted.
CATHOLIC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
What can help you have peace of mind
in your senior years? Ensuring that you have health
care surrogacy, a living will, durable power of
attorney and a will or trust will give you that
needed peace of mind. We would be pleased to help
you. All of our services are free and without
obligation. For more information call Joseph Citro,
Executive Director, Catholic Community Foundation,
ST. MAX IN YOUR WILL -Have
you thought about leaving a gift for the Church in your
will? Your gift by way of bequest ensures that our
Church will continue Christ’s saving work in the